Historic England Metric Survey summer school

From 5th-9th September, I attended Historic England’s Metric Survey for Cultural Heritage Summer School, at Fountains Abbey. The annual course covers different aspects of survey and recording that are frequently used for the built historic environment, ranging from using GNSS, total stations, hand-drawn survey, laser scanning and photogrammetry, to a demonstration of aerial photography taken by drone (A drone-based selfie was taken…!)

I picked up a lot of useful advice, especially for my photography of buildings, and we were very fortunate to have glorious sunshine for much of the time in the spectacular abbey.

Last but not least, we were taken on a fantastic tour of Theakstons brewery in Masham. Their on-site cooper showed us the traditional way of making wooden ale cask, and had an excellent steak-and-ale pie for supper.

I didn’t get a chance to take lots of photos as I was so busy being involved with the course activities, but here’s one of me doing a hand-drawn survey, being taught by Allan Adams.

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